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100 Years Ago in Chapple - 1918



By Rilla Race, Chair, Chapple Heritage Committee

The year is 1918 and once again George W. Hughes is reeve of Chapple.

 Dr. Edward McIntyre

Edward Loren McIntyre was born in August of 1886 and early in his life became a doctor.  It is unknown exactly when he arrived in Barwick, but by 1915 he and his mother, Mrs. Neil McIntyre, were living in the village.  In the summer of 1918 he married Grace Brown of Barwick in Winnipeg.  Also in the summer of 1918 he held an auction sale of his belongings in Barwick and moved to Winnipeg to begin military training.

While in Winnipeg he was in charge of Tuxedo Military Hospital.  When the war ended he returned briefly to Barwick, moved his mother down to eastern Ontario, and left with his family for High Prairie, Alberta, where he opened his own practice.

For at least three years, and perhaps longer Dr. Edward McIntyre was our Chapple doctor, serving the needs of the residents, throughout the township.  We would not have a resident doctor again until 1922.


At least two large fundraising picnics were held in support of the war effort.  The Women’s Patriotic League of Mather held a picnic in Robert Dixon’s grove on June 7th.  After expenses the W. P. L. donated $50 to the Fort Frances Red Cross, which was raising money for an ‘ambulance which is being bought for our boys overseas.  ‘

 The newspaper also reported that on July 4, 1918 over 2,000 people attended a picnic at Tom Weston’s farm, just north of Barwick.  By noon a crowd estimated at 1,000 had arrived and later 500-600 more people came.   The event included music, food, speeches, and sports events including baseball, races, and lacrosse match.  The day also featured a powwow and dance.  The article also said that ‘many of the picnickers returned by the special midnight train, but many remained to dance till daylight.’  The Red Cross cleared about $1,000 for the day’s entertainment to be donated to the Ambulance fund.

 Other Chapple News of 1918

March 1918 – A meeting on “Food Economy” was held in the Block School.  Mrs. Davis explained the causes of food shortages overseas and told what food could be substituted for pork, wheat flour and other foods on which the soldiers are dependent.  “By using corn meal, oatmeal, graham flour and fish in our homes, we can release vast amounts of those other foods which must be sent to the soldiers and all allied nations.”  Other ladies contributed recipes that used these alternate products, and how to cook food properly so nothing would be wasted.”

April 1918 – Fort Frances Times – Barwick news-- “We are told that some of our villagers were offended at certain names being mentioned in our correspondence, so suppose we must quit, or say hereafter Mr. Whatyoucallem called on Mrs. and Mrs. So and So.”

August 1918 – S. S. #6, Tait Township advertised for a school teacher for the fall term.  Salary was to be $500 per year.





This postcard was sent from James Lavender, Chapple soldier, to an unidentified recipient in Barwick in 1918. S.I.F. was a common abbreviation for 'Somewhere in France as they could not tell exactly where they were.
Chapple soldiers who died overseas in 1918: Percy Hill - age 21; Hislop Muir - Age 23; Everett Stirrett - age 24.







Chapple Heritage Committee still has copies available of the township history book ‘Between the Ripples….stories of Chapple’ at a cost of $35 plus shipping.

If you are interested in the early history of our township and some of the original settler families, please contact the township office. If your family lived in Chapple in our early years, let us know about them. You can contact either the township of Chapple office or Chapple Heritage at P. O. Box 54, Barwick, Ontario P0W 1A0. If you have photos or historic information about our township, please share it with us.